Awards & Recognition

NAA and our partners are doing some great things to elevate the field of afterschool!

15 Minute Webinar Series

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15-Minute Webinar Series
Engaging Youth in Language & Literacy

Part I: Building Community and English Language Skills in OST
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Part II: Engaging OST Youth in Language and Literacy Through Art
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Part III: Score! Engaging OST Youth in Language and Literacy Through Sports
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Part IV: Cooking Up English Language Learning in OST
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The series is funded by the Robert Bowne Foundation and is free to all participants.

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Virtual Convention FAQs

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How do I find out my login ID and password?

  • You will receive your credentials from NAA Admin or sqldba@icohere.com (if you didn't please check your spam folder)
  • Login IDs are typically the email addresses you used during registration.

Why haven't I received this yet?
You will be receiving an automated email with your login information a few days prior to the event. Communications for this event will be sent from NAA Admin or sqldba@icohere.com. Please configure your junk mail or spam protection to permit delivery of your login credentials and other messages from this address.

Are there scholarships to help with financial support of VC?
No, but several of the NAA State Affiliates and other organizations are sponsoring the convention for their states and may be able to help. Check the sponsor listing to see if there's a sponsor in your state and then contact them for more information.

What if I want to pay for VC by Purchase Order?
Click here to download a paper registration form to be sent in with your Purchase Order. If you have any additional questions, please contact our membership coordinator, Megan Ross, at megan@serendipity-media.com and she will be able to help you with the registration process.

Where do I log-on to the VC?
To login, please follow this link: http://login.icohere.com.

Once I am logged in for VC, where do I go to attend the workshops?
Once logged in, there will be a menu of interactivity options on the left hand side of your screen. All workshops are in the option labeled "Convention Hall"

If I am having trouble logging into Virtual Convention or have other technical issues who do I contact?
If you are experiencing technical issues, please email support@icohere.com.

How many training hours are offered at Virtual Convention?
There are 8 training hours offered.

Is VC approved for clock hours and/or CEU's?
No, but at training certificate offered for those who attend all workshops and complete the convention evaluation.

How do I get my training certificate?
At the end of the convention you will be emailed a link to an evaluation. Once you've completed the evaluation a certificate will be emailed to you.

Do I have to attend all workshops in order to obtain my training certificate at the end of Virtual Convention?
Yes. They are all pre-recorded and available for the duration of the convention making it more convenient for you to make time for all workshops

 

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Harnessing the Power of Explanation - Talking with Schools and Families about Afterschool STEM

AS-STEM-HTPOE-CoverRelationships with families and schools are a key component to afterschool program quality, and communication among educators and with families will be key to building and reinforcing relationships.

Webinar: Effective Budgeting for Your Afterschool Program

Thursday, September 29, 1:00 EST | Presented by FMA

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Effective budgeting is one of the key ways to ensure that your afterschool program is using your resources in the most strategic way and that your organization is financially sustainable into the future.

This webinar will:

  • Describe a budgeting process that enlists input from across your organization
  • Highlight tools that can be used by program staff and senior leaders to develop budgets in a (relatively) painless way.
  • Demonstrate tools from StrongNonprofits.org, a web site developed by FMA in partnership with the Wallace Foundation to bring free resources for more effective financial management to after-school providers and the broader nonprofit sector.

This webinar is for Executive-level members only.

Registration is now closed.

 

 

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Social and Emotional Learning

During the summer of 2015, The National Afterschool Association (NAA) conducted an online survey to learn more about program practices and practitioners' understanding, implementation and needs around social and emotional learning. In partnership with the American Institutes for Research (AIR), NAA analyzed the results of the survey and developed three calls to action for field leaders, funders, policymakers and other to better support the development of SEL competencies. Click here for the findings and recommendations.

Resource Print Center

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Want to order multiple copies of NAA resources for your staff or for a professional development or another event? Looking to stock your resource library? Ever tried to print several copies on your small HP OfficeJet printer and run out of ink?

Our members have spoken and in response to community requests for a print solution we have partnered with mimeo.com to provide the NAA Resource Print Center – your one-stop shop for bulk printing of NAA Resources. Online ordering is easy – just click here or on the button below to browse or search resources, enter the quantity needed, add the documents to your cart, and then finish checkout. Resources will be shipped to you within a couple of days depending on selected shipping speed.

VISIT THE RESOURCE PRINT CENTER

Is there an NAA resource that you'd like to see posted in the Resource Print Center? If so, please let us know by emailing info@naaweb.org.

 

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NAA17 Ads

Thank you for your help in spreading the word about NAA's Annual Convention!

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We've created a variety of ads in different sizes. Please click below to download. Should you require additional assistance, please email jill@serendipity-media.com.

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International Learning Exchange

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June 22-26, 2020


The International Learning Exchange (ILE) was established in 2015 to create an educational opportunity for National AfterSchool Association members to gain innovative knowledge that will elevate the field of afterschool. Past destinations included Scotland, Rome, Finland, Dublin and London.

Participants have had an opportunity to engage with leaders from the Departments of Education and participated in panel discussions with practitioners and professional development experts to discuss key similarities and differences with the US education systems. In addition to educational opportunities, attendees enjoyed an immersive experience of each destination.

NAA is proud to announce the International Learning Exchange 2020 will take place in Berlin, Germany. Attendees will have an opportunity to engage with German afterschool leaders and participate in panel discussions with practitioners and professional development experts to discuss key similarities and differences with the U.S. and German education systems. In addition, attendees will enjoy a visit to the Brandenburg Gate, Checkpoint Charlie, East Side Gallery, Sanssouci Palace and the DDR Museum, to name a few.

As the nation's leader in afterschool professional development, NAA is proud to bring this opportunity to members, funders and national partners.

ILE Includes: 4 night hotel stay Meals and ground transportation to all ILE events Roundtable and panel discussion with some of Germany’s finest in education and youth development Networking breakfasts and keynote speakers Guided walking/panoramic tour of Berlin, a visit to the East Side Gallery and entrance to the Sanssouci Palace and the DDR Museum.

REGISTER

ILE is an Executive member benefit. Click here to join/upgrade.

Scholarships are not available.

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Check out some photos of past ILEs to Scotland, Rome, Finland, Dublin and London!

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Guidelines

Proposal Guidelines
To be considered for review, all proposals must be fully completed and submitted, by October 17, 2016 including:

  • Title (50-character limit): designed to interest participants. It may be easier to write your title after writing your description.
  • Description (750-character limit): brief accurate description that communicates the content you'll deliver, why it's important to our participants, and what they can expect to gain from attending. This description is read from a participant point-of-view during the workshop selection process to decide if it's a good fit for NAA17. Make it compelling!
  • Identify format, learning strand and content level for your presentation. Select the best fit for your content. Learn more about formats, strands and content levels (see below for more info).
  • Presenter Contact Info: phone number, email address, organization, title for all presenters (including co-presenters and panelists).
  • All aspects of the proposal should be written in complete sentences. This is your opportunity to make an impression, please be as professional as possible.
  • If selected, you must confirm presentation by December 16 and register for the conference by January 6. Please note, all presenters are required to register for Convention. Lead presenters (only one per session/poster) receive discounted rate of $350 if registered by January 30, 2017. After that, rates will increase. Co-presenters, panelists and other presenters are required to register at the full Convention rate, based on the date of their registration. Learn more about rates and registration deadlines here.

Session Formats
NAA17 offers three presentation formats:

  1. Workshop: 75-minute sessions intended for hands-on trainings, discussions, lectures, panel presentations, or active sessions that engage physical activities. At least 15-minutes of audience Q&A is required.
  2. Express: Quick, 30-minute sessions that share ideas participants can use right away. It could be a website, project, or special event you hosted. No Q&A time required.
  3. Posters: Pre-printed posters that are displayed in the Learning Expo on Tuesday of Convention. Poster presenters will stand with their posters during lunch on Tuesday from 12:30pm-1:45pm to answer questions and engage with participants about their work. Poster presenters must hang their posters on assigned poster board in the Learning Expo the morning of Tuesday, March 21st and remove posters the same day by 2:00pm.

Learning Strands
All presentations must fall within one learning strand (that best fits your content). Strands align with NAA's Core Knowledge and Competencies for Afterschool and Youth Professionals.

We offer four strands with suggested sub-topics, though each strand is not limited to the sub-topics included.

1. Developing High Quality and Innovative Programs (NAA Core Knowledge Competencies 1, 2, 3). Subtopics include (but are not limited to):

  • Curricula and Activity Ideas
  • Developing Learning Environments
  • Supporting the Whole Child
  • Project Based Learning
  • Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Programming
  • STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math)
  • Literacy

2. Youth Engagement (NAA Core Knowledge Competencies 4, 5, 6). Subtopics include (but are not limited to):

  • Youth Voice and Choice
  • Youth Leadership
  • Youth Planning and Reflection
  • Creating Community and Group Experiences
  • Interactions
  • Cooperative Learning
  • Positive Guidance strategies
  • Bullying Prevention
  • Cultural Competence
  • Inclusion

3. Healthy Eating, Physical Activity (HEPA), Community and Family Engagement (NAA Core Knowledge Competencies 7, 8). Subtopics include (but are not limited to):

  • NAA HEPA Standards
  • Healthy Eating Curricula, Activity Ideas, and Resources
  • Physical Activity Curricula, Activity Ideas, and Resources
  • Snack and Meals Resources
  • Healthy Communities
  • Family/Parent Engagement
  • Developing Partnerships
  • Community Engagement

4. Program and Professional Development (NAA Core Knowledge Competencies 9, 10). Subtopics include (but are not limited to):

  • Continuous Program Improvement
  • Funding and Sustainability
  • Program Evaluation
  • Core Competencies
  • Human Resources
  • Risk Management
  • Staff Supervision
  • Coaching
  • Aligning with the School Day
  • Youth Recruitment Strategies
  • Program Marketing
  • Self-care (work-life balance, time management, managing stress)
  • Emotional Intelligence for adults
  • Leadership development
  • Training Skills (becoming a trainer)/Train the Trainer
  • Workplace Culture

Content Level
All presentations must identify the content level to align with participant knowledge and training needed to fully participate in the session. Aligned to NAA's Core Knowledge Competencies, we have three levels to choose from:

Content Level (select one):

  • Developing (NAA's Core Knowledge Competency Level 2) – Participants possess the knowledge and skills expected of someone with some experience in the field. Includes knowledge and skills that might be commensurate with a Youth Development Credential, a certificate in child/ youth development, or equivalent training/education or related work experience.
  • Proficient (NAA's Core Knowledge Competency Level 3) – Participants are practitioners who can apply knowledge and information that meets requirements of Level 2 plus knowledge and skills that might be commensurate with an associate's degree in child/adolescent development or related fields (e.g., Social Work, Recreation, Special Education, Education) or related work experience.
  • Advanced (NAA's Core Knowledge Competency Level 4) – Participants are seasoned practitioners who can apply knowledge and information in increasingly nuanced ways. Meets requirements of Levels 1, 2, and 3 plus the knowledge and skills that might be commensurate with a bachelor's degree in child/adolescent development or related fields or related work experience.

Questions?
Contact Presentation Managers Erin Leonard and Jill Poppe at Presenters@naaweb.org.

We look forward to reading your proposal!

 

Back-to-School Buying Guide

Summer is a popular time for back-to-school planning. From professional development and curriculum planning to supply purchasing and equipment upgrades, there's a lot for afterschool professionals to consider.

That's why we reached out to our Advocate Member Partners and asked them to submit one of their favorite offerings for Afterschool programs. We hope it proves helpful in making 2016-2017 your best school year ever!

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